Welcome to VCU Health l MCV Physicians, the medical practice of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. As part of VCU’s School of Medicine, our physicians provide quality patient care services, teach the next generation of physicians, and conduct important research. VCU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity.

We are over 900 physicians and 19 clinical departments providing services at various sites in Virginia, including VCU Medical Center – Richmond, VA—the only comprehensive Level I Trauma Center in the state verified in adult, pediatric and burn trauma care. VCU Medical Center integrates hospitals, clinical care facilities, health sciences schools and medical research. Organizationally, we have completely reimagined our physician organization—empowering our providers to be agents of change, embrace autonomy and create a culture of camaraderie, engagement and accomplishment.

Today, our physician-driven, patient-centered care model reflects the values and vision of an outstanding integrated academic practice.

A History of Excellence

We trace our roots to 1838, when Hampden-Sydney College created a medical department to address the shortage of medical education opportunities in Virginia. In 1854, the department broke away to become the independent Medical College of Virginia (MCV).

Fast-forward to 1917, when the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI)—originally called the Richmond School of Social Economy—opened its doors to provide young, middle-class women with social welfare training and put them on the path to service-oriented careers. In 1968, RPI and MCV merged to become Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU Medical Center became the name for VCU’s entire medical enterprise in 2001, including its hospitals, clinical care facilities, health sciences schools, MCV Physicians and medical research.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized VCU Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area for nine consecutive years. The following adult specialties are designated high performing: Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Urology. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU opened the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children in April 2018, serving as a beacon of hope for families seeking mental health services. We are also proud that VCU Medical Center has twice achieved Magnet® designation.

Magnet designation

We are honored to be recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the “100 Best” for work/life balance and integration. And since 2006, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce has consistently named VCU Medical Center the Area Employer of Choice. You won’t find a more appreciative organization to work for, nor better people to work with.

With the addition of Tappahannock Hospital in Tappahannock, Virginia in 2021, we have another nationally recognized institution within our system. This 67-bed hospital has been recognized with a four-star Hospital Quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and a fourth consecutive “A” grade for safety from The Leapfrog Group. Through this acquisition, VCU Health is able to extend our vast resources and academic medical services to benefit the communities of Virginia’s Upper Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions.